Thanks for this link from travel writer Karen Misuraca. Karen says, “At Book Passage the other night, in front of packed house, Paul Theroux (interviewed by Don George) waxed philosophical as he talked at length about his latest book The Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari; about his 50 years of sojourns in Africa and his view of the continent, politically and socially, today. If you missed it, you’ll hear a similar conversation from last week on Forum. Among his many bits of advice: ‘If you want to be a writer, go away, far, far away.’”
Love this article by Richard Bangs for the Huffington Post about the originsâ€”and possibly the futureâ€”of adventure travel. A few of my favorite sections of the article:
- Thomas Cookâ€”the Richard Branson of his dayâ€”[wrote that] adventure travel “provides food for the mind; it contributes to the strength and enjoyment of the intellect; it helps pull men out of the mire and pollution of old corrupt customs; it promotes a feeling of universal brotherhood; it accelerates the march of peace and virtue, and love; it also contributes to the health of the body, by a relaxation from the toil and the invigoration of the physical powers.”
“Without ever leaving their home, Mark and Deb Bennett can spend a few nights in Copenhagen. And Italy. And even Antarctica. Between 2011 and 2012, their residence on the high seas sailed to the seven continents, where adventures included visiting a tropical rain forest and watching walruses in the wild…. The Bennetts own one of the 165 private residences aboard the World, a luxury ocean liner that lets its residents spend their lives at sea.”Â Dawn Wotapka explains in Home on the High Seas for The Wall Street Journal.
Citizen-journalist Kelly Hayes-Raitt wants to see for herself, so she’s traveling to Iraq to find out. Read more at her website, AreWeReallyOutOfIraq.com. Once there, if you donate $5 towards her expenses, you’ll have access to the behind-the-scenes blogs and interviews Kelly will be posting live from Beirut and Baghdad this summer.
Check out Free Travel Contests, “home of one of the web’s largest collection of active travel contests.”
“Through this site, we hope to bring you dozens of current promotions from around the world for you to enter to maximize your chances to win great travel related prizes including trips, hotel packages, gear, money, and more! As this site is a dynamic and constantly updating contest listing, check back frequently for more contests or subscribe to our mailing list on the sidebar to be notified when new contests are added!
Here’s what they have listed for contests with July, 2013 deadlines:
Polish architectural and deep-sea engineering company Deep Ocean Technology has inked a deal with Ridgewood Hotels and Suites Pvt. Ltd. to build its futuristic part-underwater Water Discus Hotel just off the shore of Kuredhivaru Island in the Maldives. The upper part of the structure will allow guests to take advantage of all that the local climate has to offer, while the submerged disc will offer the chance to relax with the marine life of the Indian Ocean.
“Hey, wanderlusters and wanderlistas … the Travel section unveils What a Trip, a new feature thatâ€™s all about you and your rambles around the world. For this column, youâ€™re the travel writer, telling us about your adventures. Ready to share a recent fabulous foray? Starting this weekend, fill out the What a Trip form with your best memories and finest moments. Trips must have been taken within the past year. Send us some photographs, of yourself and of your destination. Be creative and send your best beauty shots! Each week, weâ€™ll select an entry to feature online and possibly in print (space permitting). Thanks in advance for sharing, and happy travels!”
Peter Greenberg’s Travel Detective Blog offers a list of ten practices good travel writers should avoid. My favorite? Number 4:
4. They Are More Focused on the Destination Than the Experience
Do I really want to read another piece about Astounding Amsterdam, Lovely London, Beautiful Brazil? Gag me. Rarely does a piece that just sings the majesty of a destination actually convince me to go there. But an article that takes me into a bazaar and describes how a shopkeeper haggled with me for 40 minutes before offering up tea, his life story and the best place to eat in town? Book me on the next flight out to that city.
“Stray Boots is … one product in a wave of new travel programs and promotions that are using game theory to win over customers …. Tour operators like Expedia are incorporating avatars and trivia contests into the browsing and booking process. Tourism offices in Pennsylvania and Illinois are proffering exclusive Foursquare badges to those who check in at sites in their states. Museums are using portable multimedia players to make walking through their collections feel a bit like being in a multiplayer video game…
May 30, 2013 | Leave a Comment
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Travel Classics Writers Conferences:
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Extraordinary familiarization tours for writers and editors, including a trip to Vancouver on the Rocky Mountaineer.
“If HuffPostTravel can declare that the ‘Old Travel Show is Dead, Long Live the New York Travel Festival,’ then we might be right in declaring that ‘Travel Destination Articles Are Dying, Long Live Social Media Travel Content.’ So, when a senior editor at TechnoratiÂ told me that, going forward, all travel-related content had to have a Social Media spin, had to be presented via a Social/New Media filter, I knew the travel content game had changed.” Read the rest of the article on Technorati.com
Thanks to Carolyn Koenig for this link.
Michael Shapiro won the Travel Classics.com writers contest this year for his story, In Search of Dylan Thomas: Seeking the elusive poet whose words brought Wales to the world.
Michael took the slow train to Wales in 2003 to interview renowned author Jan Morris for his book A Sense of Place, a collection of conversations with the world’s leading travel writers. He soon returned on assignment for National Geographic Traveler, which became a cover story on Morris’ corner of Wales. Returning in June 2012 for Travel Classics led to an assignment to write about Wales’ narrow-gauge railways for American Way. He is the only writer to have won the Travel Classics Writers Contest four times.Â Nice work, Michael!
In their quest to blanket the world with superior apps, Sutro Media is looking for expert authors for the following European destinations. If you’re an expert on any of these areas, get in touch with acquisitions editor Kim Grant.
England: Most regions (but specifically Cornwall, Devon, Kent, Cambridge, Oxford, Yorkshire, Bristol); London.
Scotland: general country guide, and Glasgow.
Ireland: general country guide, and Dublin, Belfast, County Cork, County Wicklow, County Galway, County Kerry, Northern Ireland.
Norway: general country guide, and Oslo, Bergen, fjords.
Sweden: general country guide, and Stockholm.
Finland: general country guide, and Helsinki.
Thanks to travel writer Dick Jordan (Tales Told from the Road) for his review of the App Happy class Suzanne Rodriguez and I (Laurie McAndish King) taught for people who want to develop and market their own mobile travel apps. We developed so much content for the class that we’re nearly finished with an an e-book on the same topic.
Salon.com co-founder and New York Times Book Review contributor Laura Miller wrote in March about about the swirling milieu that is publishing…
“Last week, the book world saw a particularly symmetrical bit of revolving door ballet as Amanda Hocking — who famously became a millionaire by selling a series of paranormal romance novels as self-published e-books — signed a contract with an old-fashioned publishing house, while the bestselling thriller author Barry Eisler walked away from a similar deal, preferring to self-publish his next book. Did I mention it was the same publisher (St. Martin’s Press) in both cases? Like I said: symmetrical.”
Lisa Morton’s PIRATES! Or, How to Protect Your Intellectual Property on the High Seas of the Internet provides advice for tracking and dealing with unauthorized reproduction of work you’ve published online.
Here’s a short from the Wall Street Journal, which likes Don George’s Trip Lit column for National Geographic Traveler. Well, who wouldn’t like it? Great books and incisive reviews by a legendary travel writer and editor.
Congratulations to the winners, including the Bay Area’s own Michael Shapiro, who took the bronze and $500 for â€śBeneath the Rim,â€ť his engaging account of following in the paddle-strokes of John Wesley Powell on a journey through the Grand Canyon.
I enjoyed Laura Fraser’s talk at Bay Area Travel Writers on Saturdayâ€”especially her suggestion about writing regular “sensory postcards” as an exercise in paying attention to our surroundings and writing regularly.
Laura’s latest book is All Over the Map, in which she “tangos in Buenos Aires, seeks wisdom from an Amazonian shaman, heads off into the wilderness on Outward Bound, goes on a ten-day meditation retreat, interviews sex-trafficked women in Italy, and reports on the aftermath of genocide in Rwanda.”
I met Teresa LeYung Ryan at the Bay Area Travel Writers meeting on Saturday, and had a few minutes to look through her 100-page workbook, Build Your Writers’ Platform & Fanbase in 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and media Attention NOW. It looks like a good resource; let me know what you think if you’ve read/used it.
Through a special agreement with more than 800 newspapers worldwide, the Washington, DC Newseum displays the front pages of newspapers from around the world each day on its website. The front pages are in their original, unedited form.
Thanks to John Montgomery (Montgomery Photographic) for the link.
February 21, 2011 | Leave a Comment
“For the media, this is a Tom Sawyer moment. â€śDoes a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?â€ť he says to his friends, and sure enough, they are soon lined up for the privilege of doing his chores. Thatâ€™s a bit like how social networks get built. (Just imagine if Tom had also schooled them in the networking opportunities of the user-generated endeavor: â€śYouâ€™re not just painting a fence. Youâ€™re building an audience around your personal brand.â€ť)”
February 15, 2011 | Leave a Comment
Here’s a heartening post by Lara Dunstonâ€”a travel writer who has developed and negotiated a unique editorial relationship and is not starving!
The new mobile guide to San Francisco’s waterfront, San Francisco Waterfront: Bridge to Ballpark, is now available on iTunes. Travel writer Suzanne Rodriguez and I (Laurie McAndish King) co-developed it, and we both enjoyed the process immensely.
The app runs on Apple iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads, and is a witty guide packed with history, photos, and information about the best things to see and do along San Francisco’s waterfront.
Please tell your friends (shameless self promotion, here we go), and consider downloading a few copies; it’s an excellent holiday gift for friends and colleagues: smart, fun, high-quality, relevant, well-written, easy to give, and inexpensive (just $2.99).